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Migraines and Nausea

Gabriel Santos - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nausea Is All Too Familiar To Migraine Sufferers

The fact is that eight of every ten migraine sufferers also endure nausea as a related symptom. So related, in fact, that migraines are more likely to cause nausea than any other type of headache. Meanwhile, five of every ten will encounter vomiting with their migraines as well. Although doctors have not yet worked out exactly how the two are related, there are some factors that can indicate a predisposition to experiencing them together.

The numbers above represent millions who have to face the added discomfort and disruption of nausea when a migraine hits. Scientists, however, do not know why the two appear so frequently together. The most widely accepted explanation is that serotonin plays a part. The neurotransmitter serotonin is associated with nausea as well as motion sickness. Migraines are thought to be caused when blood vessels in the brain enlarge, a condition that can be caused, among other reasons, by a drop in serotonin levels in the blood.

What Are The Links?

While an exact connection has not been established between migraines and nausea, there are some things that may indicate a likelihood of suffering from both. To start, women are more likely to experience migraines with nausea by the simple fact that women make up the majority of migraine patients. A predisposition to motion sickness in a migraine patient makes nausea more likely as well.

It is important to see a doctor, especially if you experiencing a migraine and nausea together for the first time. There are other illnesses that can bring on the two, including the flu, cyclic vomiting syndrome, vertigo and meningitis. As you may know, meningitis is a dangerous inflammation of membranes around the spine and brain.

The Path To Recovery

The doctors and staff at New Jersey Headache Institute can provide a variety of therapies to combat migraines and accompanying nausea. Medicinal treatments can combine both pain medications alongside anti-nausea medications. Other treatments may include lifestyle changes to decrease the possibility of onset. Excessive stress is often a trigger for migraines. A focus on reducing stress can go a long way in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines. High stress is actually known to lead to physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms and is in everyone's interest to address. Cigarette smoking is another factor in compromised health and contributes to the chance of onset in migraine patients. Any foods that can trigger a migraine, like chocolate or alcohol, should be avoided. Some migraine sufferers experience nausea specifically when they are moving. For them a routine of laying in a quiet and dark room when a migraine comes can prevent the nausea.

You can count of New Jersey Headache Institute to find the right combination of medicines, therapies and lifestyle choices that will reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines, manage the pain effectively, and combat the nausea that for many comes with it. Call us today or fill out our contact form to schedule your first appointment.

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